1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Albert Jacobs

Contributed by: Hugh Sainsbury, on 2008-11-06

Albert Jacobs
Rank
First Name Albert
Surname Jacobs
Year of Birth 1889
Year of Death 1918
Regiment London Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Leytonstone, Greater London

Albert's Story

He was a great favourite with us all on the H.Q. 173 Infantry Brigade

Before the War Albert Jacobs Was a baker. In July 1915 he married Kate Pritchitt, but spent most of the rest of his life on service in France. In May 1917 their daughter was born, at about the same time Bert suffered in a gas attack. Bert was overjoyed with the baby and his beloved Kate sent photographs to him. He had leave at the end of 1917, but had to make the dreadful journey back to The Somme in January 1918. Tragically, Bert was killed somewhere near Chauny on March 22/24 during the Spring German Offensive. In a letter to Kate his friend said that, "Bert was killed by a bomb dropped by a Boche bomb plane. We had just come back from taking a hand in the big scrap in which Bert took part and stuck it well as he always did. He was a great favourite with us all on the H.Q. 173 Infantry Brigade and his death is a great blow to us all. Your one consolation is that he died 'doing his bit'"

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